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U.S. commanders request aircraft carrier to protect troops withdrawing from Afghanistan, officials say


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Taliban commanders released as hopes rise for resumption of US peace negotiations

Taliban commanders released as hopes rise for resumption of US peace negotiationsHopes are rising for the resumption of the abandoned Taliban and US peace talks after eleven senior Taliban members were freed from prison in an exchange with three kidnapped Indian engineers. Among those freed are two former provincial governors of the Taliban and Abdul Rashid Baluch, a notorious regional leader sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for trafficking opium. The men were being held near Bagram air base outside Kabul.  It is believed American authorities must have given permission for the swap as Baluch was previously on their ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ list. Last month, Donald Trump cancelled over a year’s worth of on-going peace negotiations with the Taliban after the group claimed a Kabul bomb attack that killed 11 people, including an American soldier. However, relations appear to be thawing again after Zalmay Khalilzad, the Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation at the State Department, met senior Taliban leaders on Friday for clandestine talks in Islamabad. It is unclear whether the exchange of the Taliban leaders was discussed during the meeting. While the Afghan authorities do intermittently release prisoners early as gestures of goodwill it is rare to see such high-profile members of the Taliban freed. Abdul Rashid Baluch was a regional official for the group in the southwestern province of Nimroz when he was apprehended while personally escorting an almost one-tonne consignment of opium in 2014. Baluch’s arrest was trumpeted by the U.S-Afghan authorities as proof of Taliban involvement in the international drug trade. Officials said Sheikh Abdur Rahim and Mawlawi Abdur Rashid – provincial governors in the Taliban administration when it was defeated by U.S-led forces in 2001 – were also released. The three Indians set free were working as engineers in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan when they were kidnapped in May 2018, along with four other colleagues. One man was released in March but the whereabouts of the three remaining Indians is unknown.



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Mexico mourns police commanders killed in 2 states

Mexico mourns police commanders killed in 2 statesA police commander in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato was killed Monday by unidentified attackers, local officials said. Sergio Morales Casas was a more than 25-year veteran of the Celaya police force, the city said in a statement that condemned the slaying. Local officials there disputed accusations by a drug cartel that authorities favored a rival gang.



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Palestinian sues Israeli military commanders for war crimes

Palestinian sues Israeli military commanders for war crimesPitching his case as a David-versus-Goliath fight, a Dutch-Palestinian man went to court in the Netherlands Tuesday seeking damages from two former Israeli military commanders for their roles in a 2014 airstrike on a Gaza house that killed six members of his family. One of the commanders is Benny Gantz, a retired military chief who is now a leading candidate in Israel’s elections, also taking place Tuesday. The other is former Israeli air force commanders Amir Eshel.



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Exclusive: U.S. commanders recommend letting Kurdish fighters in Syria keep weapons

Exclusive: U.S. commanders recommend letting Kurdish fighters in Syria keep weaponsThree of the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the recommendations were part of discussions on a draft plan by the U.S. military. It is unclear what the Pentagon will ultimately recommend to the White House. Discussions are still at an early stage inside the Pentagon and no decision has yet been made, the officials said.



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Yemen forces launch assault on Hodeida port city: field commanders

Yemen forces launch assault on Hodeida port city: field commandersYemen pro-government forces launched an offensive on Wednesday to seize the key port city of Hodeida from Huthi rebels, field commanders told AFP. Loyalist troops have begun pressing towards Hodeida airport, south of the strategic Red Sea city, the commanders said on condition of anonymity. The assault began at around 1:15 pm (1015 GMT) after Yemeni pro-government forces received a “green light” from the Saudi-led coalition, they said.



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Yemen forces launch assault on Hodeida port city: field commanders

Yemen forces launch assault on Hodeida port city: field commandersYemen pro-government forces launched an offensive on Wednesday to seize the key port city of Hodeida from Huthi rebels, field commanders told AFP. Loyalist troops have begun pressing towards Hodeida airport, south of the strategic Red Sea city, the commanders said on condition of anonymity. The assault began at around 1:15 pm (1015 GMT) after Yemeni pro-government forces received a “green light” from the Saudi-led coalition, they said.



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Yemen forces launch assault on Hodeida port city: field commanders

Yemen forces launch assault on Hodeida port city: field commandersYemen pro-government forces launched an offensive on Wednesday to seize the key port city of Hodeida from Huthi rebels, field commanders told AFP. Loyalist troops have begun pressing towards Hodeida airport, south of the strategic Red Sea city, the commanders said on condition of anonymity. The assault began at around 1:15 pm (1015 GMT) after Yemeni pro-government forces received a “green light” from the Saudi-led coalition, they said.



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Pentagon Blames Team, Training and Commanders for Niger Ambush That Killed 4 U.S. Soldiers

Pentagon Blames Team, Training and Commanders for Niger Ambush That Killed 4 U.S. SoldiersIncluding the team's decision to go after a high-level ISIS insurgent without proper approval



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Two Navy commanders charged with homicide

Two Navy commanders charged with homicideRachel Maddow reports that two of the U.S. Navy commanders involved in the deadly ship collisions last year are being charged with negligent homicide among other charges.



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